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Closer to Africa than the Ital­ian main­land, this pris­tine white sand beach where tur­tles hatch is Europe’s an­swer to the Caribbean or the Maldives. Vis­i­tors head to Spi­ag­gia dei Conigli – trans­lated as Rab­bit Beach – on the Si­cil­ian is­land of Lampe­dusa to swim in grot­toes, snorkel or laze on the se­cluded beach with a good book.

A 20-minute walk from the near­est car park, it’s cer­tainly off the beaten track, but then the whole of the small and nat­u­rally un­spoilt Lampe­dusa is hardly on the over­seas prop­erty hunters’ radar.

Beach­combers there are more likely to own homes on the Si­cil­ian main­land, ac­cord­ing to Si­mone Rossi of the Ital­ian prop­erty por­tal, Gate-away.com, and the is­land is eas­ily reached from there by boat and takes two hours.

Most Bri­tish prop­erty hunters in the area spend less than €100,000 on apart­ments or pied-à-ter­res.

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